Heat 1 925 86 917 24 278 436 89
Heat 2 925 86 917 24 278 436 929
Final 925 86 24 917 278 436 89 929
2Lt Saloon Stock Cars
Heat 1 153 181 190 973 170
Final 153 190 181 160 973
1300 Saloon Stock Cars
Heat 1 1 36 44 946
Final 1 36 946
Heat 1 155 132 997 888 65 314
Final 155 888 314 997 65 132
Heat 1 525 41 911 60 933 152
Final 525 911 60 41 152 933
Back To Basics Bangers
Heat 1 174 118 48 132 74 32 436 15
Final 118 174 32 132 74 436 15
NuttsCorner Raceway run its annual Boxing Day Bash on Thursday afternoon with six classes contesting their Derek Mason Memorial King of the Corner trophies; Derek was of course the much loved commentator at the Raceway for many years before he sadly passed away 7 years ago while commentating.
The Brisca F2 Stock Car grid was swollen with the welcome addition of Billy and Adrian Finnegan as well as an appearance from Stock Rod Star Shea Duff. B Finnegan set the early pace in heat one but was soon overcome by Craig McConnell the Irish Points Champion who romped clear to take the honours. Heat two was a somewhat more challenging affair with track conditions deteriorating after an earlier banger race. B Finnegan again showed strong pace in this one and looked as though he could go all the way to victory lane however McConnell for a second time made it to the front before the fall of the flag. The title decider got off to a similar start with B Finnegan taking the lead, McConnell continued to make good progress through the field from the superstar grade with Sam McKay in tow. At the half distance stage McConnell hit the front and went on to take the title and indeed his third win of the day. Behind B Finnegan and Sam McKay enjoyed a good battle for the podium places.
The 2L Saloon Stock Cars also seen the return of some familiar faces, in the shape of Marcus Watt and Geoff Martin. Watt was the early pace setter in heat one with Martin next up, on the move was the solo star grader Ryan Wright who was gaining ground quickly. Wright swiftly made it to the head of the field and went on to take the win ahead of Martin and Watt. Next up was the meeting final where Watt again enjoyed a spell out front before Wright toured through to claim the victory; Watt was the gallant runner up with Martin completing the podium steps in third.
Local man Willaim Stewart proved unstoppable in the 1300 Stock Car class where he completed the afternoon undefeated with wins in the heat and feature race. Stewart’s closest chaser was Jason McCreight who posted a brace of runner up placing’s, others who featured well were Gareth Halliday and Fionn Donnelly.
Another driver on tip top form was young Sam Stewart in the Junior Rods. Stewart was in control of proceedings all afternoon, opening his win tally in the heat with a well-executed victory ahead of Ty Richardson. There was no stopping Stewart once again in the trophy race where he glided to glory ahead of Cole McFall and Jordan Nicholl.
Antrim’s Father and son duo Mark and J.P Kilpatrick enhanced the ORCi Stock Rod grid, when they joined the ranks to do battle for the Derek Mason King of the Corner Memorial event. Mark made his presence felt right from the off when he landed the heat win ahead Thomas McCrory Jnr. The trophy race played out in a similar fashion with M Kilpatrick holding on for the victory ahead of his father J.P in second and the World Champion Jack Kennedy third.
A very welcome addition to the fixture was the all action Back to Basic Micro Bangers. There was a decent entry of fifteen cars with new and old drivers alike; among the more established names were Richie Browne, Mazzy McCreight and Tommy McCrory. The opening encounter was action all the way and Browne proved he hadn’t lost his banger racing touch when he picked up the flag. The final again was punishing to say the least, Browne looked as though he could do the double, however he got into some late drama which allowed Matthew McKinstry to sailed through and take the title, Browne recovered for second ahead of McCrory.
A spectacular Figure of 8 Caravan Destruction Derby concluded the afternoon’s racing. With a high number of competitors on track the large gathering of festive onlookers were treated to a mammoth crash fest. Michael McGarrity serviced the distance to take the victory.
- My Laps Information
2Lt Saloon Stock Cars Irish Championship 747 711 292 811 973 160 957 Irish Revenge 711 811 292 153 170 951 973
Micro Bangers Figure 8 Championship 118 92 125 436 DD 118
2L Saloon Stock Car Irish Championship.
9 cars took to the grid for the biggest race of the domestic calendar, and the final race of the season for the 2l Saloons. Defending champion 711 Anthony McIvor led the pack off with brother, Kieran rounding out the front row. There was carnage from the off as former Irish champion 153 Ryan Wright had a pop at A. McIvor in the first bend with K. McIvor following suit and landing a heavy blow on the 153 machine. The drama all fell into the hands of 747 Matthew Stirling, as he emerged from the drama unscathed after making a good start from row 3 of the grid. K. McIvor added to the thrills of the race once again as he followed Wright and Darryl McCammon into the turn 4 wall, meanwhile out front 747 had pulled a tremendous lead on second placed A. McIvor, leaving to believe the race was done and dusted; But A. McIvor had different ideas as the last lap board fell, A. McIvor took a mega dive at Stirling in the last bend, but unfortunately for Anthony his shot at a record breaking 5 Irish Championships in a row had vanished as Stirling cruised to his first Irish Championship victory. Stirling was followed over the line by A. McIvor and McCammon.
Anthony McIvor rounded out the afternoons racing with a win in the Irish revenge race.
Micro Bangers Figure-8 Championship.
Micro Bangers also featured with an added twist from the norm, with the track being used in a figure-8 format. Matthew McKinstry emerged the victor in the Figure-8 Championship with William Donnell runner-up and Rodney Herron a rightful third place.
McKinstry also took home the silverware from the DD.
NI Car Jump Championship.
The Car Jump made a successful impression for the first running of such an event in Northern Ireland. 15 brave drivers faced round 1 of the NI Car Jump Championship, with some excellent attempts at clearing the cars that had been laid out; unfortunately for some of the 15, the Jump was too much for the cars ending their day early. Round 2 had a little spice added to the mix for whoever could salvage their cars, with the take-off ramp being raised in height; and it wasn’t long until the distances soared. A few attempts was given to narrow the cars down, and an eventual winner was found in the form of, 14 Clarke Frazer who was crowned NI Car Jump Champion 2019.
Talks have already been on the table with NuttsCorner organisers for next year’s NI Car Jump Championship.
- My Laps Information
Harper and Holland Crowned Irish Champions before power cut at the Raceway.
Friday evening’s race event was called to an abrupt halt at Nutts Corner Raceway after a power cut left the arena with no lighting. Fortunately before the power outage 3 races were completed, including the Stock Rod and Brisca F2 Stock Car Irish Championships.
Race 1 of the evening was the ORCi Stock Rod Irish Closed Championship which come down to the wire. Raymond Harper was the pole sitter and got off to a flying start at the green. Harper stretched well clear of the competition in the early part of the race. As the race settled towards mid distance it soon become clear that the second place runner Adam Sloan had strong pace and was closing the gap on the leader Harper. Sloan kept the pressure firmly applied until he had caught up with Harper and started to make an attack on the outside, as the race reached lap 20 Sloan give it his all on the outside but run wide and lost a lot of ground which allowed Harper to cruise of into the distance again. The five lap to go marker was now on display and appeared that Harper had done enough to complete the distance unhampered. This proved no to be the case however as Sloan was on a phenomenal come back and again mounted a challenge for the lead with 2 laps left to run. Harper on the inside, Sloan on the outside, it was sure to be an intriguing run to the flag. Sloan tried all he knew around the outside but had to settle for second as Harper crossed the line a matter of inches ahead. Joining them on the podium was Shea Duff who rounded his season out with a fine third place finish.
Next up was the Brisca F2 Irish Closed title decider. It was an all-star cast on the front row with Craig McConnell pole and Gavin Fegan on the outside, while menacingly placed behind was Curtis Greer and Sam McKay. At the green, Fegan quickly removed McConnell wide allowing him to take up the running. While behind McConnell, Greer and company squabbled for position. It wasn’t long until McConnell positioned himself back in second and went in search of the leading Fegan car. Over the next few laps the gap between first and second reduced drastically until the pair were as one and began to battle for position. A caution period was required for stricken cars on the raceway which would regroup the cars once more. By this stage Fegan was a casualty after an incident on turn 3. This left McConnell back at the front with McKay and Greer next up. It was another explosive start which would result in a further caution period this time for McKay and Greer who had tangled in style. In bizarre fashion the field was dwindling drastically, with only 5 cars remaining McConnell, Stephen McCready, Ted Holland, Conor Hughes and Gerard Hartley. After the earlier onslaught the leading McConnell Car was carrying damage, which would see him side-lined soon after the restart when there was another tangle up with McCready, who also spun out of contention. The 5 was now done to 3, Holland, Hughes and Hartley. Holland managed to complete the remaining laps and survive a last bend attack from Hughes to Crown himself Irish Champion for 2019, Hughes was the runner up with Hartley third.
Also due to be settled on the night was the 2L Saloon Stock Car Irish Championship. This has been rescheduled to take place this Sunday ( October 20th) at 1pm. Also on the billing is the Micro Bangers Figure 8 Championship,NI Car Jump Championship and M4D Drifters.
- My Laps Information
- Sunday 29th September 2019
- Sunday 15th September 2019
- Saturday 14th September 2019
- Friday 30th August 2019
- Friday 23rd August 2019
- Sunday 11th August 2019
- Wednesday 31st July 2019
- Wednesday 26th June 2019
- Wednesday 19th June 2019
- Sunday 9th June 2019
- Saturday 8th June 2019
- Wednesday 29th May 2019
- Sunday 19th May 2019
- Wednesday 8th May 2019
- Wednesday 17th April 2019
- Sunday 7th April 2019
- Saturday 6th April 2019
- Sunday 10th March 2019
- Saturday 9th March 2019